Experts: The Technology Needed To Clean Up Fukushima Doesn’t Yet Exist

One and a half years later, the consensus seems to be that the site of the Fukushima nuclear accident cannot be cleaned up or contained until future generations invent the technology to do so, Washington’s Blog notes:

World-renowned physicist Michio Kaku said recently: “It will take years to invent a new generation of robots able to withstand the radiation.” The world leader in decommissioning nuclear reactors, and one of the main contractors hired to clean up Fukushima – EnergySolutions – made a similar point in May:

Concerning the extraction of fuel debris [at Fukushima], “There is no technology which may be directly applied,” said [top EnergySolutions executive] Morant.

A top American government nuclear expert – William D. Magwood – told the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works:

There will need to be new technologies and new methodologies created to be able to enable them to clean the site up and some of these technologies don’t exist yet, so there’s a long way to go with that…There’s a long, long way to go.

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  • “Big” Richard Johnson

    You mean to tell me that trash bags and a protective mask isn’t enough?

  • “Big” Richard Johnson

    You mean to tell me that trash bags and a protective mask isn’t enough?

  • http://www.zoboprepublic.wordpress.com/ zobop republic

    If the technology doesn’t exist yet to clean that radioactive mess, then the Koreans or Japanes better get on the business of creating it.  I mean, who else could do it?  America?  Germany?

  • http://www.zoboprepublic.wordpress.com/ zobop republic

    If the technology doesn’t exist yet to clean that radioactive mess, then the Koreans or Japanes better get on the business of creating it.  I mean, who else could do it?  America?  Germany?

    • Hibo

       North Koreans… :P

    • Hibo

       North Koreans… :P

    • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

      the robots used at Fukushima were American Military-Industrial-Complex made
      the Japanese make cute girl robots

    • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

      the robots used at Fukushima were American Military-Industrial-Complex made
      the Japanese make cute girl robots

  • Senior Domo

    We are all fucked!

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    lol technofix…. I’m assuming preventative medicine is silly too because we can always invent the technology later.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    what’s the hubbub all about
    in 100,000 years everything will fine

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Nature has already provided the means to clean up The Wandering Atom.  Mushrooms (Cryptococcus neoformans) in Chernobyl have been found to devour radioactive particles

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Nature has already provided the means to clean up The Wandering Atom.  Mushrooms (Cryptococcus neoformans) in Chernobyl have been found to devour radioactive particles

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